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July 20th, 2011
06:20 AM ET

Finding God in the Mississippi Delta

By Tommy Andres, CNN

Moorhead, Mississippi (CNN) - The Mississippi Delta is the kind of place where everyone shows up for a funeral.

It was on such a day in 1997 that Lucas McCarty and his grandfather had come to pay their respects to a young man who'd been killed in a car crash.

John Woods was there to bury his son.

Lucas and John had met a handful of times before, but that's the day John found his new son and Lucas his "black daddy" – each one delivered in his own way from a tragic past.

John worked for Lucas’ grandfather on his catfish farm as an “oxygen man." Catfish are fickle creatures, and if they don’t have enough oxygen, the whole lot of them can go belly up in minutes.

He’d gotten the job a decade earlier after getting out of jail. John had killed his brother-in-law on a lonely Delta road, according to T.R. Pearson's “Year of Our Lord,” which tells about John and Lucas. John had been indicted and tried for first-degree murder, but the trial resulted in a hung jury. He was then indicted and tried for first-degree manslaughter - and this time the jury found him not guilty. He was a free man.

At about the time John was starting a new life, Lucas’ life was almost ending before it could even begin.

Elizabeth Lear McCarty’s heart sank when her son was born, the familiar cry of a baby’s entrance into the world replaced by phrases like “no heartbeat” and “no spontaneous respiration.”

Elizabeth says a botched delivery deprived her son of oxygen at birth, damaging his brain.

He was born “gray and dead,” she says.

There would be unanswered questions and a lawsuit, and pretty soon it would become clear that Lucas would never be like other kids.

Lucas has cerebral palsy, a condition suffered when a baby's brain is deprived of oxygen, usually at birth. The condition began to show its devastating effects more and more as he matured.

He never learned to walk, read or write. Even eating was a challenge. It looked like Lucas was destined to spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair, dependent on others for his most basic needs.

Though he has never spoken a word in his life, at age 5 he found a way to say anything he needed to. It would take him years to master it, but the machine he shied away from at first, slowly became his link to his family and the world.

Based on Mayan hieroglyphs, Minspeak allows Lucas to create full sentences by pushing a series of pictures.

If he wants to say the word food, he pushes the picture of an apple. If he wants to say eat, he pushes the picture of an apple followed by the picture of a man running, called the “action man.” If he just wants to say apple, he pushes apple twice.

It can get fairly complex to an outsider. A hamburger, for example, is apple + scale + treasure chest. Somehow, this all makes sense if you’ve never learned to read or write with words.

Lucas grew up going to an Episcopal church, but his mom says he never liked it all that much. He was antsy and easily irritated, and sitting quietly for hours not only was difficult, but practically ran counter to his genetic predisposition.

“His sister kept his hands down the whole time he was at our church,” Elizabeth says.

‘My calling is singing the gospel’

At the funeral for his son, John Woods was touched by the presence of Lucas and his grandfather, James Lear.

“I looked around the church and Mr. Lear was there. Lucas was there. That’s to show you an old black man like me has some dear, sweet white friends,” John says.

Afterward, John began coming to the McCarty house to sing gospel songs with Lucas.

“He really couldn't do much else,” John says. “We would sing songs like ‘God’s Got It All In Control’ ” - no doubt a message that, at the time, offered equal comfort to both of them.

John asked Elizabeth if he could take Lucas to Easter service at Trinity House of Prayer, where he was the music director. John had been saved at Trinity, and he hoped Lucas could be too.

At that first service, John carried Lucas, and because of John’s position as music director, they sat in the deacon’s box, a spot reserved for congregational royalty.

“The Trinity House of Prayer congregation are such a loving environment of peoples,” John says. “A man can be a sinner, a whiner, (but) when they bring him into Trinity House of Prayer he will feel nothing but pure and genuine love.”

The love Lucas felt most was for the music. He fit right in with the loud expressionism and theatrics, and adored the soulful singing. Trinity changed his image of church.

“Shouting, dancing, falling out and speaking in tongues is real church,” Lucas says through his device.

Trinity House of Prayer is known for its choir. Tucked deep into the fertile soil and God-fearing air of the Mississippi Delta, the church is nestled on a flat, barren landscape, one of hundreds in a region where faith is the answer to poverty and hardship.

The chapel isn’t much to look at - an old gray building surrounded by a graveyard of dilapidated vehicles and rusted-out farm equipment. On the inside, windows are covered in a clear red film, a cheap alternative to stained glass. And on a sunny day, the faded carpet and beautiful wood pews light up with a glow that can feel transcendent.

Most notably, Trinity’s congregation is all black – with one exception. Every Sunday for the past 15 years, Lucas has shown up, sometimes carried, sometimes crawling, but always ready to put his “foot on the devil’s head.”

It’s a bit of a peculiar sight, a white man in a black church, on his knees, wailing indecipherably, but passionately into the microphone in the corner of the choir stand. He knows every word, he just can’t say them, but that sure doesn’t stop him from finding his voice.

“My calling is singing the gospel,” he says.

A warm, cleansing oil

Four months before Lucas was born, John Woods prayed for the first time for as long as he could remember.

The hard crack of the pistol, pulled from his waistband and fired without aim on that balmy Father's Day in 1987, rang through his head over and over.

John didn’t know if the man he had shot was dead, but he knew he was in trouble. He and his wife, Mary Frances, cried together until a squad car pulled into his driveway and took John away in handcuffs.

According to John, he heard his sister's husband had beaten her with a pipe, and John wanted to get even. He tracked the man down at a diner to give him a piece of his mind, the gun in his waistband providing punctuation for each cautionary sentence.

But according to John’s description in Pearson's "Year of our Lord," his brother-in-law didn’t take too kindly to the threat. He chased John down a road and pulled out a .25 automatic. He got off two shots before the gun jammed, and before John knew it, he’d shot back.

John wouldn’t find out for sure until he was in his cell that the man was dead, but he had felt the life leave his brother-in-law the second he shot him.

It was in the Sunflower County Jail where John found God. As he sat there in a cold cell, a cellmate told him to turn his life over to the Lord.

John’s life had been far from charmed. Plagued by drugs and alcohol, he now found himself sharing a fate suffered by all too many poor black men in the Delta. But on one of those sleepless nights, John prayed, and that’s when he says he felt it.

“It was like a warm oil being poured down from the top of my head, running slowly down my body, and every place it touched it was cleansing me.”

It was when John got out of jail that he says “old Jimmy Lear” took a chance on him, made him his "oxygen man," always telling John not to worry and “keep moving.”

John would drive around to each pond and put a long stick into the water and check the oxygen levels. The job required him to check the oxygen nearly every hour around the clock, so sleeping was in short spurts spread throughout the day and night.

It was during one of these naps 15 years ago that John had a strange dream. In the dream, Tony, the oldest of his four sons, had crashed his truck, and John was consoling him. John awoke to the phone ringing. It was his wife Mary Frances. Tony had fallen asleep at the wheel coming home from work at 4 a.m.

“God called him home.”

Crawling into the choir stand

Despite being told he’d never be able to walk, Lucas has found his own way, slipping out of his wheelchair and onto the floor at Trinity House of Prayer, where he shuffles around on thick knee pads as if in a state of constant reverence.

Drawn to the music, it was only a matter of time before Lucas crawled up into the choir stand. Not only was Lucas the only white member of the church - and definitely the only member with cerebral palsy - until last year he was also the only man in the all women’s choir. A young man has since joined him.

Trinity’s pastor, Willie B. Knighten, tried to heal Lucas at one of his first services. Lucas says it was the only time he felt uncomfortable at the church.

“I only felt funny when the preacher laid hands on me the first time,” he remembers.

It’s the soft spot within many people that makes them wish Lucas normal, but the hand of God hasn’t taken away his condition.

Still, to nearly everyone who attends Trinity, it’s a small miracle each time Lucas crawls into the choir stand on his own every week to sing. In a small way, he has been healed.

Lucas is a lot like any 25-year-old single man. He likes cars, he loves surfing the web, and the No. 1 thing on his mind at any given time is women. He wants a girlfriend - specifically one, he says, who is “an outgoing sweetheart, who does not smoke, has never had children but wants (them) and is a Republican.”

Lucas’ access to the outside world is a bit limited. Because of his handicap, going anywhere can be an ordeal. He refuses to use a power chair, instead relying on the push of a friend, relative or stranger.

A few days each week, Lucas works at his father’s restaurant in nearby Indianola washing dishes and cleaning. When Lucas was 6 years old, his parents got divorced. It’s no secret that the difficulties of raising an impaired child strained the marriage.

The job gets him out of the house he shares with his mother, something that’s important for a young man whose body is disabled but whose ambition knows no limits. Lucas wants to start his own cleaning company, and during the announcements following a recent service at Trinity House of Prayer, Lucas asks for the microphone, holds it up to his machine and slowly types out the message that if anyone is looking for work, he’s hiring.

Church is the one time a week Lucas knows he can get out of the house, and at Trinity House of Prayer people won’t look away when he comes down the aisle.

“Lucas would be at church every time the door opened if he could,” his mother says. “But we just usually go take him on Sunday. And that's the most important part of the week for Lucas … getting to church on Sunday.”

Lucas has found other ways to connect. He has an e-mail address and a Facebook account, but for years his favorite hobby has been jumping on the CB radio he keeps in the family room. Most of the truckers know him by now. His handle is “Teddy Bear,” and he starts each interaction the same way: “Is there a pot of coffee on?”

John Woods, now Bishop John Woods, has moved on from Trinity to be the associate pastor of a church down the road. He and Lucas still get together, singing their favorite gospel songs just as they did 15 years ago. Lucas’ favorites are “I’ll Fly Away” and “I’ve Got To Run.” Between songs they talk about life and the Lord.

When John asks Lucas if he’s been saved, he shrugs. Despite the music and the love of Trinity’s congregants, he hasn’t quite made his peace with God. It’s a familiar struggle for many, but when you draw a hand like Lucas’, making sense of it all can be even more challenging.

Lucas may still be on a search for God, but the boy who was born without a breath has found his “oxygen man” - and John has found the son he lost.

When they speak of God, John tells Lucas, “Don’t worry, you’ll find him one day.” But Lucas seems content to find his solace “in the music,” and he’s happy as long as he can convince folks of one thing: “I want people to know I am more than a boy in a wheelchair.”

Editor's Note: Nashville band Sleeping Bulls provided the song “Jean Baptiste” from their upcoming album “The Least Banquets” for the video.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith & Health • Mississippi

soundoff (1,300 Responses)
  1. Iceman

    @kmac
    God is very aware of the situation you spoke of. For now, according to Romans chapter 13- He has given man's governments the responsibility to care us (including the hungry ones in Somalia). However, if the governments of the world fail to act in their behalf, He will hold those governments accountable.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Dude

      God is aware? Seems to me your barely aware of reality, so try not to speak on behalf of imaginary creatures like unicorns, The Incredible Hulk, or God.

      It makes you seem slow.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  2. Lee Cherry

    If you cant find GOD, guess whose lost?

    July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Well, I seem to recall Jesus saying he would be right back?

      Talk about keeping idiots in suspense! I hear some of the slower amongst us are STILL waiting.

      It seems that more than one sucker is born every minute!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  3. FreeThinker

    W.T.F is CNN is doing? They are just like FAUX news, pushing religion now.. This dude is a novelty to this all black church... He hasn't found god, unless you xtains want to beLIEve that he was made in your gods image.

    Let me ask you xtians this question: If your god made "Adam" out of nothing from thin air, why did your god need a host for his other son jesus?

    Just wondering, I mean I have read the babble over and over during my first 7 years of schooling while attending a private christian academy in Arizona, and have come to realize its all BS.. NOTHING in it is true. If you want to beLIEve that the "apostles" could have written their books, you are sadly mistaken. They were ALL illiterate, and could not have written, and mostly likely probably wouldn't have developed a vocabulary to be able to speak either. If jesus really existed and was able to "resurrect" himself once, how did "it" die the 2nd time and why isn't "it" still alive to today? You see, jesus was a figment of someones imagination back then. It was most likely an alien being and they like the true xtains today, just don't beLIEve in the truth!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Bruce

      Yay, yet another "FreeThinker" who complains about an article they haven't read.

      If you read the article you would know that it says "When they speak of God, John tells Lucas, 'Don’t worry, you’ll find him one day.'" This means that Lucas hasn't actually found God yet.

      Your inattention to detail speaks volumes to your credibility.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • God exists

      Why is it that you need to convince yourself over and over again that "God does not exist" try repeating to your self -have faith, have faith, have faith....

      July 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • FreeThinker

      LMAO.. Typical people who can't stand someones free thoughts.. You just don't get it. Put the babble down. Put god down, it doesn't exist. IF god existed, who created it first? God didn't create this, because there is no proof it exists. God is a lie made up to control the masses. The people prior your year 0, didn't believe in a single god. No the believed in multiple gods, the god of the sun, the moon good, etc.. There is no creator of the universe and no god could have made this, nothing is that powerful, if so, strike me down now!! LMAO.. You see im still here.. SO both you STFU and bring it

      July 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • God exists

      There you go again...don't need words to prove a point to thyself. just have "Faith"

      July 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Bruce

      @FreeThinker: "W.T.F is CNN is doing? They are just like FAUX news, pushing religion now.."

      LOL if you want an answer to your question, you should first read the article. The article does not push religion in the slightest. Not at all. Had you read the article, you would realize that.

      Had you read it, you would also realize that the article had absolutely nothing to do with whatever it is you think you learned in your private Christian academy in Arizona.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Yeahok643

      YoU ReAllY MuSt HaVe No LifE. And FYI. According to the Bible, He resurrected... and sits on the throne.. he diid not die a "2nd" time. Bitter much? Apparently you have a whole lot of time on your hands since you spend it for coming up with word spellings lol...

      July 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • zxasxz46

      There is a good athesist site, why don't you go spew your hatred there?
      Atheism is something when you have nothing, also run along and go collect your gimme money

      July 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Rick

      I understand where you're coming from. However, please save your anger for something where it's warranted. These people are helping him, and he's found a home and community within that church. If it's with the context of a religion that you don't agree with, that's fine. But you need to relax a little.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  4. Grmpster

    This is front page news? Why always GOD? Why not Buddha? Why not finding YOURSELF, Scientology, Athiesm, or Rah, or Allah? Why do we constantly have to have our media peddle Christianity all the time. THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS!!!

    STOP ASSUMING WE ALL CARE ABOUT YOUR GOD!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Bruce

      FYI, this isn't "front page news." It's CNN's Belief Blog.

      Thought you might like to know.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Alan

      It was a main headline on the front page. Thought you might like to know.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • John

      Bruce – "thought you'd like to know" that it's on CNN's homepage AKA Front Page..

      July 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Dave

      Yet its on the front page..................

      July 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Bruce

      Every article that has a link on CNN's homepage is not a "front page article" people. This is a website. This is not a newspaper.

      This is not rocket science. It does not take a brainiac to figure out that "front page" no longer applies. The editorial decisions of link-placement on a website are very very different from what editors are faced with when it is printed on paper.

      Sheesh. Get over it. It's not a front page article.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Nympha

      They do articles like this for two reasons: believers are interested in the stories and nonbelievers like to get on the comment boards to vent their hatred of believers. It satisfies both needs and gives CNN some attention.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  5. my thoughts

    People can believe what ever they want. Atheists, you say you don't want preachings shoved down throat. Respectable. But do you think that deists want YOUR beliefs shoved down their throats? To each his own.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Grmpster

      Pardon me, but I have no belief, nor do I shove it on anyone or try to inject it in my politics like the GOP and Teabaggers. Religion is like a P-nis...i'ts fine to have one, but you don't need to waive it around in public or shove it down my throat.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • William Demuth

      My beliefs have tried to co-exist with yours for 6000 years and for our efforts, we were burnt at the stake, imprisoned, defrauded, molested and tortured.

      Now my beliefs want your beliefs DEAD.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Nathan

      Just so you know, deism refers to a certain set of beliefs and not just anyone who believes in a deity of some sort.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  6. Christa

    "GOD" is a name a word that represents what you have already found. A group of people that accept you for you. You are accomplishing more then meny people on this planet. Now its time for you to accept and love yourself . That is when you will "find God

    July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  7. Cars

    No article on the Belief Blog should be the main headline on CNN.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jay

      100% agree. It's a joke.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  8. Iceman

    @sleepytime
    No I am not God, only a messenger, or a "witnesses" who likes to testify in behalf of him who is often painted as cruel and uncaring.

    God has provided a Book that tells us this and more about our future. You too can find this information out in your own copy of the Bible, if you have one.=)

    July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Tells the future?

      Stupidity is contagious. You can catch it in church.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Grmpster

      Yep, Will, you said it all. Fortunately, I've taken my anti-christianity vitamins.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Fidei Coticula Crux

      @ William Demuth, “Stupidity is contagious.”

      – The same can be said about a person with a disrespectful nature.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Today your religion is being us as justification for murder, the molestation of children, the defrauding of seniors and as a rationale for bigotry, racisim, hatred and rage.

      And you say I have a disrespectful nature?

      Your false God is based on hate and lies.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Nympha

      William,
      In the words of david berlinski: "Just who has imposed on the suffering human race poison gas, barbed wire, high explosives, experiments in eugenics, the formula for Zyklon B, heavy artillery, pseudo-scientific justifications for mass murder, cluster bombs, attack submarines, napalm, intercontinental ballistic missiles, military space platforms, and nuclear weapons? If memory serves, it was not the Vatican."

      July 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Nympha

      Of course not, the Vatican hasn't had an orginal idea in several thousand years.

      As for the harware WE have invented, I look forward to its use AGAINST the Vatican.

      But just for laughs I might point out the Vatican was in an Axis country, was allied with the Nazis who were run by a Christian who wanted to kill Jews.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  9. kmac

    How bout letting your "god" know that there are 4 million starving people in Somalia right now.....maybe he can take care of them.......fat chance..

    July 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • William Demuth

      To many Christians, that is a sign that God is on the Job.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Nympha

      Too many unrighteous. A sign of the degradation of society and the times.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Mike

    I found my god in Good Ol' Dobbies

    July 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  11. JJ

    Everybody has their delusions, some more than others. If his make him happy, so be it, but he had better not come to my office with a sign asking me if I have found "jesus" because I'll strip butt nekkid and yell "NO! COME HELP ME FIND HIM!:"

    July 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Claire

      LOL.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      On Tuesday, a group of about 20 people were standing on the corner near where I live with a sign saying "Honk if you love Jesus" We started laughing out loud as we drove by, it was so funny how silly these people looked. Of course, after we started laughing at them, they looked like they wanted to kill us. It's weird how that works out; the same people who claim tolerance would be the first to assault you for making fun of their delusions.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Nympha

      And your comment, WhatWhat, is so very tolerant in nature. If you want those of opposing beliefs of any kind to be tolerant of you, then expect the same in return. Calm down.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  12. cameron

    I see God working everywhere in this story. Lucas blesses whoever has their heart open to receive.

    “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was born blind from birth. And His
    disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born
    blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God
    should be revealed in him...” (Jn 9:1-3)

    July 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I see Christ working in the wacko?

      Do you see Christ in grilled cheese sandwiches?

      Hello, time to get your lenses checked!

      July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Will, I got a grilled cheese sandwich with Ganesh the Elephant-Headed God on it. I'm going to convert because it was totally convincing.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  13. Rotten Fruit

    These unbelievers have rotten fruit.. They cannot let people just be.. Then, in the same breath, they want to be left alone.

    Wicked hypocrites..

    July 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "These unbelievers have rotten fruit." If you don't want my peaches, don't shake my tree.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Let people be? You've got to be kidding. You religious delusionists can't shut your pie holes about your delusions, especially in public, and it makes you look like ignorant fools. Why can't you just "let the unbelievers be" by keeping those delusions to yourself and confine them to your home. And, by the way, we aren't "unbelievers", that word assumes that belief is the norm. We were all born clean "unbelievers", with no brain disease. Believers then corrupt their minds with a delusion. Atheism is what you have when you are not delusional, and still have a clear mind.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Nympha

      what what, you are totally illogical. Why are you on a religious blog bashing the religious for freely coming together to read and comment on something relevant. Get off this site and keep your mouth shut and out of free public space if you are so "disturbed" by the content. Follow your own logic.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Nympha: Did you not read Rotten Fruit's provovation? Or do you just believe what he posted? Eyes open and you might see some of what us non-belivers have to deal with.
      Also I'd love to shake your tree, Bible Clown! But hubby might have something to say about that.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  14. sosofresh

    In all seriousness... most of the members of the church probably get SO annoyed by Lucas when he's babbling incoherently into the microphone while they are trying to have the service. Nobody can really say anything because obviously the guy’s disabled and everything. It probably started out like, “this man is welcome in the house of the Lord and we accept him completely,” to “holy $%^& this guy is driving us crazy! John, we get it… but please stop bringing him.” Seriously, you know that’s how it is.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  15. Richard Cheese

    When will people wake up and realize there is no Christian god? Just like the gods of Mt. Olympus aren't real, nor the gods of India, nor the gods of the Chinese. If you can't see the pattern here, then you aren't as smart as you think you are.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Rob

      the only difference between religion and mythology is time

      July 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  16. trellie

    This is an exceptional story about an exceptional Child, God is good!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • William Demuth

      God makes the dude with a broken mold, and you say he is good?

      I believe you mena God is incompetent!!

      The yahoo should sue God!

      July 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  17. Shalom

    Lee, is there ANY chance that you don't know the answer to all of the questions and problems that life presents? Or, does your clear hubris prevent you from entertaining that possibility? Seems the latter may be spot on. Give me 10 minutes to probe your core beliefs, and I will find multiple "easy" targets for ridicule, like the ridicule you want to heap on others. There are things that science, and humanity, will never be able to explain. Your mind is so closed to that possibility that you will never be able to frame the correct questions, much less find the answers.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  18. Bible Clown

    There's always tomorrow's story . . .

    July 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  19. Will

    Do the church members realize the man is a Republican? I have gone to evangelical churches who considered Democrats to be literally pure evil and would never allow one to worship openly in their midst. I haven't been to many left-wing black churches, but my guess is they would think the same about Republicans. I hope his fellow church members do not read this article and turn against him. He seems very happy.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Dani

      Wow! I didn't know it mattered whether you were a republican or democrat as far as going to a church. I thought we were all supposed to be "Gods Children?" I guess an "evangelical god" will judge us depending on one's race or whether they are republican or democrat? Pure b.s. This is why I don't bother with the religious church stuff.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  20. Iceman

    @J-pap
    God does care. But right now Satan has raised an issue that has to be settled before the whole Universe. Once, the "jury" comes back in with the verdict. God will undue and reverse all that we humans have suffered as the result of Satan's evil experiment.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Does he use a tranporter to do that?

      I think you have God confused with Captain Kirk!

      Get a grip, your lunacy is showing.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • The Half Baked Lunatic

      "god" is an idiotic idea promoted by immoral people to control and pacify weak minded people.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • fred

      The Half Baked Lunatic
      So you think yourself strong minded, moral and Godless. You do not need Jesus because you have nothing to be saved from. I know I need Jesus and that is my only hope, that he has saved me.
      Do you offer any hope?

      July 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
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